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British Journal of Medicine and Medical Research, ISSN: 2231-0614,Vol.: 10, Issue.: 1


Evaluating Muco-suppressant, Anti-tussive and Safety Profile of Polyscias fruticosa (L.) Harms (Araliaceae) in Asthma Management


George Asumeng Koffuor1,2*, Alex Boye2, Jones Ofori-Amoah1, Samuel Kyei3, Cyrille Kablan Nouoma2 and Agyemang Prempeh Debrah2

1Department of Pharmacology, Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana.

2Department of Medical Laboratory Technology, School of Physical Sciences, University of Cape-Coast, Cape-Coast, Ghana.

3Department of Optometry, School of Physical Sciences, University of Cape-Coast, Cape-Coast, Ghana.

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(1) Jingli Xu, College of Pharmacy, University of New Mexico, USA.


(1) Anonymous, Bangladesh.

(2) Anonymous, Cumhuriyet University, Turkey.

(3) Abdullahi M. Nuhu, College of Science and Technology, Kaduna Polytechnic, Kaduna, Nigeria.

(4) Rajendra Nath, Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics, King George’s Medical College, Lucknow, UP, India.

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Background: Polyscias fruticosa is been used in Ghanaian folkloric medicine for the management of asthma and its related complications.

Aim: This study evaluated the muco-suppressant, anti-tussive, and safety profile of an ethanolic leaf extract of Polyscias fruticosa in its use as an anti-asthmatic.

Place and Duration of Study: Department of Pharmacology, Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, KNUST, Kumasi, Ghana and the School of Physical Sciences, University of Cape-Coast, Cape-Coast, Ghana; between December, 2013 and May, 2014.

Methodology: Preliminary phytochemical screening was carried out on the extract. Ammonium chloride-induced tracheal mucus phenol red secretion in ICR mice and the suppression of citric acid-induced cough in Dunkin-Hartley guinea pigs were determined after treatment of experimental animals with 100 mg/kg sodium cromoglycate, or 20 mg/kg dihydrocodeine respectively, as well as with 100, 250, or 500 mg/kg of the extract.  A 100, 250, and 500 mg/kg dose of the extract was administered daily for 28 days to groups of guinea pigs to establish a safety profile in a sub-chronic toxicity study.

Results: Phytochemical screening revealed the presence of saponins and cyanogenetic glycosides, alkaloids, and sterols. The extract significantly inhibited (P ≤ .01 - 0.001) tracheal mucus phenol red secretion, and suppression of citric acid-induced cough. There were no significant changes in body weight, haematological profile, as well as liver and kidney functions in the sub-chronic toxicity study.

Conclusion: The findings indicate that the ethanolic leaf extract of Polyscias fruticosa has muco-suppressant and anti-tussive properties, and is safe to use; hence a suitable adjunct/remedy for the management of asthma.

Keywords :

Asthma; tracheal mucus phenol red secretion; citric acid-induced cough; muco-suppressant; liver and kidney function tests; sub-chronic toxicity study.

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DOI : 10.9734/BJMMR/2015/19403

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